Time for another Bryan Cranston Shower Scene. Have not missed you. I wonder if it's a deliberate choice to show us his cancer scar -- to show how Walt is still vulnerable underneath this bluster. Anyway, when he gets out, he finds Skyler is gone. Her car and everything.
That night, Walt hits up the car wash, to exchange terse, pissy words (and the keys to the car wash) with Bogdan. Before you start feeling sorry for Bogdan, know that he's just as awful as Walt is, repeatedly baiting Walt with "Where is your pretty wife?" comments. He also makes sure to stress that their agreement was that Walt and Skyler would take the place "as is"; i.e. whatever's broke, they fix it. "So you are the boss now?" Bodgan continues to pole. He doesn't think Walt is management material. "Being boss is tough," he says, explaining unapologetically about why he was such a slave-driver. Walt maintains that he worked hard, but Bogdan doesn't think so. "Maybe when you are the boss, you will just keep your feet up and relax." He says it again: The most important thing is that a boss must be tough. "Can you be tough?" There are quite a few instances this week where observations and thematic truths are hammered home without much subtlety. This is one of those times. Walt glares at Bogdan, who is not finished: If Walt isn't up to the task of being tough, "You can always call your wife." Sometimes I forget this show isn't The Sopranos and that while Walt is a ruthless, angry, bad person, he's still a late-middle-aged schoolteacher and cancer survivor, not a shaved Kodiak who spent his whole life brawling like Tony was. Because I was honestly expecting Walt to just snap and beat him to death right there. Not that I'm not glad that this show doesn't have Walt do that. As bad as Walt gets, he's as defined by his limitations within the criminal world as by anything else. That makes him more interesting. Anyway, so in the office part of the building, Bogdan hands the keys over, and then goes to take with him the framed first dollar he ever made. Walt, taking every opportunity to be petty, reminds him: "As is." Bogdan realizes this is pretty much touchÃ© for how much of a jerk he was just being, so doesn't put up a fight. Still, after he leaves, Walt decides to confuse "being tough" with "being a dick," as he smashes the frame and uses the dollar to buy a coke from the vending machine.